The weather has been very erratic lately – either typical January snow and cold or balmy 50’s and 60’s. This weekend I experienced both within less than 48 hours. Saturday was mild with temperatures in the upper 40’s to lower 50’s so I decided to get my long run in, rather than today which has been windy and in the low 20’s. My run yesterday was not as wonderful as my run on Friday evening – which I had finished a mere 17 hours earlier. I ran eight miles – I wanted to do 12 – and it took everything in me to get through the eight. By four miles in my legs were burning as if I had run a half marathon hard. And I was starving. I ate properly and hydrated. I think I am lacking enough sodium and calories in my drink. Nuun works well for my week day training, but I am going to go back to Accelerade for my long runs and see if I notice a difference.
Today’s workouts were fabulous. I was at the gym by 7:00 AM and on the spin bike for a long workout. My coach designs workouts that are challenging and change things up at least every five minutes so it doesn’t get boring. Good thing too – I was on the bike for 1:45 – yes nearly two hours. I am noticing that my anaerobic threshold on the bike needs a lot of work. When I push my heart rate over 135 to 140 I have difficulty holding it for more than 5 minutes. Like the speed intervals I do running, I will have to continue with speed intervals on the bike to improve. After my workout I changed and headed to the pool. This is surprising to me now – I absolutely love swimming. A year ago I kept at it to get better because it is the first leg in triathlon. Now I could stay in the pool for hours. This morning I did a 2,500 meter swim that had both long sets pulling 300 meters as well as speed sets of 50 meter repeats. Of the five lanes during the hour, I swam with seven friends at one point or another. We all did our own workouts, but it was fun to see everyone. For such a solitary sport, I have made many friends at the pool.
After swimming (yes it was only 10:45 by the time I headed to the locker room) I changed into my yoga clothes, grabbed my mat, and headed to the yoga room with my friend. We had been looking forward to this yoga class all week. Both of us dealt with stressful issues this week and 75 minutes to stretch, strengthen, and unwind was just what we needed. Yoga is so much more than just a physical activity. I am able to release all of the busy-ness that crowds my mind. Sometimes the issues I have buried the deepest come up. As my friend suggested, treat those thoughts like waves in the ocean. They float in, crash, then retreat back out. (Now Jim is reading this either laughing at the girly-ness or actually contemplating trying a class one day…) The class was a Vinyasa class in a heated room over 85 degrees. We keep moving through most of the class and the warmth helps release muscles. Additionally it increases perspiration – I could smell the chlorine from my swim a bit, always makes me smile at the scent of chlorine.
During a long stretch the instructor (named Christina – Jim she is very Western…) read a quote from Mother Teresa that touched me:
People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.
For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.
With all of the stresses I have experienced this week along with all that is going on in our country and the world, this quote is a good reminder. Heck, the Lance Armstrong brouhaha this past week covered the first three phrases. Then there is the tragedy with the Algerian hostage crisis this past week which leaves me saddened at what has become of things. Then I hear this quote. For in the end, it is between me and my God. So I will strive to live a life forgiving, being kind, honest, happy, doing good and giving my best. That is all that matters anyway.